Recipes that Work: Beef & Broccoli

About four months ago I changed the way I’ve been eating.  I’m happy with the inches I’ve been losing, but I occasionally get into a rut, and I find that making a new recipe or an old favorite gets me excited about food again.  I used to use cookbooks and recipes all the time, but now that I’m more comfortable in the kitchen I often just throw things together.

Every now and then I will latch on to a recipe that I find myself making over and over again.  This is one of those recipes and I’ve made it about 5 or 6 times.  I’ve been following the blog Damn Delicious for a couple of years now.  Her name is Chungah Rhee, and she makes great recipes that I find incredibly easy to follow.  I got what I believe is her first cookbook for Christmas, and this recipe is from the cookbook.

My mom always taught me that the first time you make a recipe you follow it exactly, and then after that you can alter it to better suit your tastes.  So that is always how I’ve approached recipes.  The first time I made it, my biggest problem was finding rice wine vinegar.  I ended up learning you can use rice vinegar in its place if you can’t find rice wine vinegar.  The last few times I made this I didn’t have scallions, so I didn’t use them and I don’t find that I miss them.  Rhee uses fresh garlic and ginger in her recipe, which I hardly every have, so I use the powdered versions.  Lastly, I did buy sesame seeds to garnish.  I have no idea if they alter the taste very much, but I use them every time because they are sold in large quantity and I’m determined to use them.

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Adapted from Beef and Broccoli Bowls, by Chungah Rhee, Damn Delicious ©2016

  • 2 cups white rice
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups broccoli florets (I use frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish

Cook rice.

Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and ground ginger in a bowl.  Set aside.

Cook broccoli in the microwave until it is just about done.  For me that means, it is no longer frozen or cold, but not hot enough for me to want to eat it.

Brown ground beef in vegetable oil, drain.

Add broccoli and sauce mixture, cover, cook for about 5 minutes or until your broccoli is to your liking.

Serve beef and broccoli mixture over rice and top with sesame seeds for garnish.




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